Worcester St Johns Cycling Club was founded in 1888 by cyclists keen to go cycling together and to protect and encourage all aspects of cycling in Worcester. Through the years the club focused on racing and the sporting side of cycling but has always included social and leisure cycling activities. Today the club is involved in every possible aspect of cycling from racing to campaigning for better cycling facilities.
Racing members are active in Cyclocross, Training Rides, Track Racing, Time Trials, Road Racing, Mountain Biking and Ultra Distance Events. Both racing and non-racing members take part in sportives, club rides, club nights, touring and other social events. We aim to cater for all levels of ability from complete novices to experienced cyclists of any age.
The club provides a full calendar of racing events on the road through our affiliations to the Cycling Time Trial Council (CTT) and British Cycling as well as LVRC races. During the summer we organise weekly evening time trials on local courses over varying distances between 5 and 25 miles. At the weekends, members participate in club rides, sportives, road races and open time trials.
Club racing activity is frequently reported in the local press, especially when Worcester St Johns riders are in action on local courses and in open events.
Our most popular activities, are weekly club rides. Members meet on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays for rides of varying speeds and distances (see below for more details).
Worcester St Johns CC Sunday Club Rides
8 am every Sunday, regardless of weather, we leave the Premier Inn at Worcester Bridge. The rides are typically 50/60 miles and last around 3 hours (average speed 17mph). Ride routes are posted on our Facebook group page in advance and are available to download as a GPS via the Worcester St Johns Cycling Club Garmin Connect site.
9 am every Sunday, we leave the Premier Inn at Worcester Bridge. The rides are typically 40 – 50 miles (dependent upon route and terrain) and aim to be back in Worcester before 12 noon (average speed around 16mph). Ride details are posted on our Facebook group page. If not pre-planned riders agree a ride at the meeting point.
- The average speed is about 15 mph over sometimes flat, sometimes hilly routes.
- There is always a café stop after 30 miles followed by a 20 mile ride home.
- This is a training ride for some and a social ride for others but you should be able to ride for 50 miles at 15 mph to participate. Everyone is welcome to come along and start the ride. Less fit riders will need to be prepared to take a short route home until they are able to do the whole ride. There will often be another rider prepared to guide you home.
- Ride destinations and routes are usually announced on our Facebook group page. If no specific ride has been organised those who arrive at the start will decide a route and destination on the day.
- In winter we expect riders to have full mudguards out of respect for riders behind them and the café’s seats we sit on.
- Riders should carry a spare inner tube or puncture repair kit and pump, money for the café, racing cape and a drink to keep hydrated.
- The riders travel in formation (two-abreast), singling out as necessary. Usually there will be an experienced rider who can help beginners to practise group riding skills in order to retain group formation. On longer hills the group may split up, but will regroup at the top.
- Please let someone on the ride know when you arrive if it is your first club run.
- The Sunday club ride is a non-competitive ride and all riders who join the ride should be familiar with Club Cycling Etiquette in the Worcester St Johns Cycling Club Handbook
Worcester St John CC Saturday Morning Steady Social Rides
• (Full) Water bottles
• Food (banana, cereal bar etc.)
• Pump and spare inner tube
Worcester St John CC Wednesday Morning Social Rides
9.30 am every Wednesday – The WSJCC club ride leaves from outside the Premier Inn at Worcester Bridge. The format is the same as the Sunday 9.30 ride